Our expert says:
Very highly unreliable indeed. ALL information obtained with the use of hypnotism is unreliable, and is an unpredictable mix of possible fact, and imagination. It should NEVER EVER be used as a method to decide an issue so important as possible child abuse - only a careful and expert assessment by a child psychiatrist or child psychologist could shed light on such a question.
Where there is conflict between the parents, as in a divorce and custody dispute, it is sadly common for one parent to coach a child into making allegations of abuse as a filthy tactic.
And children are more suggestible than adults even without hypnosis, and need very careful, unbiased and skilled interview and assessment.
Anyone who says someone cannot "lie" under hypnotism is lying, or ignorant, or both. ANYONE may lie under hypnosis. What is worse is that, as the essence of hypnosis is to induce a high degree of suggstibility, it is extremely easy for the hypnotist or whoever is questioning the hypnotized child, to suggest and obtain the answers they expect or want, either deliberately or even without realizing it themselves.
Evidence obtained under hypnosis is not allowed in court in most civilized countries, and we would be extremely foolish in SA if we allowed it in court here.
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